Test Huawei Mate 30 Pro: an excellent smartphone that doesn't wait for Google

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Annoncé in Munich in September 2019, the Mate 30 Pro did not have a clear future in France. Despite the undeniable success of the excellentP30 Pro, the American embargo preventing Huawei from taking advantage of Google services has raised doubts about whether Huawei will be able to market its flagship in France. Google or not, the Mate 30 Pro has such advantages on paper that the Chinese manufacturer finally decided to offer it in France, initially only on its own website.

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Sans to sell off its spearhead mobile, Huawei has gone all out to soften the bill for its Mate 30 Pro. The price of the smartphone is set at €1,099, an elitist rate that puts the Mate 30 Pro in the realm of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+etiPhone 11 Pro Max. However, upon its launch on December 9, buyers of the Huawei phone will be entitled to a €200 refund offer. In addition to the Watch GT connected watch, a 15W wireless charger and smartphone case are also included.

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Ergonomics and design

In In the absence of a dedicated sub-note, we decided to reflect the absence of Google services on the sub-note "Ergonomics and design". Despite all its technical qualities, we cannot recommend this smartphone as it stands.

In The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is just like the brand's other smartphones in terms of finishes: flawless. The Chinese mobile is particularly elegant, with its shiny back and circular photo pad. For a smartphone with a 6.53-inch screen, the Mate 30 Pro remains particularly compact and pleasant to handle. The display occupies 94.5% of the front panel, the highest score in our comparison to date. Unlike a Galaxy Note 10+ that passes the front camera through a small hole in the display, the Mate 30 Pro retains a large but thin notch to accommodate 3 photo modules on the front.

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Certains may not appreciate the fact that the Huawei terminal has a screen with curved edges. A curvature more pronounced than those of a Note 10+, which does not hinder in any way when using the mobile. On the other hand, this choice seems to have pushed Huawei to eliminate physical buttons as much as possible. Only the unlock button remains on the right edge. For volume control, the Mate 30 Pro requires double-tapping on the tops of the slices, causing a slider to appear that can be dragged to increase or decrease the volume. Overall, this method works well. However, it is far less convenient than real buttons that can be manipulated blindly in a pocket, for example. At least it makes the volume control accessible to both right- and left-handed people.

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Concernant security, the Mate 30 Pro offers two biometric unlocking methods. The first takes the form of a fingerprint reader, positioned under the Oled screen. This works perfectly and quickly. The other method is based on facial recognition. Here again, the unlocking is fast. It is also possible to choose whether to scan the screen to access the lock screen or to access it as soon as the recognition has been performed.

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Mate 30 Pro has a function that allows you to control your smartphone by gestures, without touching it. The operation here is based on the front camera, unlike the technology of a Pixel 4, based on the radar of the Soli system. It is proposed to scroll through a content or capture an image by placing your hand in this or that way. We cannot say that we have been won over by this system, which has a few misfires.

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Comme most high-end smartphones, the Mate 30 Pro is dust and waterproof (IP68 certified). It is capable of holding 2 nano SIM cards, or one nano SIM card and one NM card, Huawei's proprietary format that replaces the microSD format.

Audio

Amoureux wired helmets, you will not be served. The Mate 30 Pro does not offer a 3.5 mm mini-jack plug, and Huawei does not provide a USB-C adapter to remedy this. So you will need to arm yourself with either the included USB-C inlets or a wireless headset. The quality of the output will therefore only depend on the paired device.

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La audio part is decidedly not well off with Huawei's mobile. The Mate 30 Pro has only one loudspeaker, placed on the lower edge. No stereo to be put under the tooth, and a quality not necessarily at the level of the best students of our comparison on this point. We will be satisfied with the loudspeaker for calls or some videos, but listening to music or watching movies is not recommended.

Screen

Huawei Mate 30 Pro's screen is based on a 6.53-inch (16.6 cm) diagonal Oled panel with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,176 px. This provides a perfectly comfortable resolution of 409 dpi. One of the main advantages of the Oled technology is its ability to offer very deep blacks and therefore an excellent contrast ratio. The Mate 30 Pro's display can reach a brightness of 670 cd/m² and down to 1.7 cd/m², allowing perfect readability in both bright and dark environments. Reflection management is very good, with a reflection rate of 42.6%.

Huawei has long since proven that mastering colorimetry is within its reach. The Mate 30 Pro therefore benefits from accurate color, which is reflected in our measurements by a delta E at 2 and a near perfect color temperature at 6,460 K. However, you have to go through the settings to reach this ideal and choose the "normal" color mode and leave the temperature slider on "default".

La screen reactivity of the Mate 30 pro is quite good. We measure a touch delay of 74 ms, which is below the average of our comparison. Finally, another benefit of Oled tiles, the persistence is imperceptible.

Performances

It is the Kirin 990 house SoC which animates the Mate 30 Pro in Huawei. This one is particularly powerful in all cases of use. Accompanied by 8 GB of RAM, it allows the Chinese smartphone to reach an index of 100.55 on our multitasking test, propelling it to the top of the rankings on this point. In practice, this translates into the Mate 30 Pro's rock-solid fluidity, no matter what you ask it to do.

For the video game, a Mali-G76 MP16 iGPU takes over, and in a nice way. The Mate 30 Pro scores 108.99, once again reaching the heights of our comparison. Huawei's cell phone is able to turn into a portable game console without any problem, running all titles, even greedy ones, without slowing down or dropping deframerate.

Photo

Avec a P30 Pro that is a hit in the photo, it would have been amazing to see Huawei planting himself in the field for his Mate. The latest toy of the Chinese brand has 4 photo modules, of which here is the list:. A wide-angle module with a 40 megapixel sensor and stabilized optics equivalent to 27 mm opening at f/1.6. A telephoto lens module in 8 megapixel sensor and stabilized optics equivalent 81 mm opening at f/2.4. One ultra-wide-angle module with 40 megapixel sensor and 18mm equivalent optics at f/1.8. A 3D ToF Camera module for the measurements of profondeur

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Main camera

Au wide-angle, the Mate 30 Pro uses a 40 megapixel sensor and optics similar to those of the P30 Pro. However, Huawei seems to have evolved its software recipe, as the latest Mate's rendering is better than the P30 Pro. It is in terms of detail that the improvement is most noticeable. Even in 10 megapixels, the default definition, the images are particularly rich. The color rendering is natural and the dynamic range is excellent. Here and there, we noticed some chromatic aberrations on some elements of our test scene, but nothing frightening.

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constat is the same in low light, with excellent management of details, without abusing too much smoothing. Above all, the accentuation is revised downwards, which makes it possible to obtain more neutral photos. All of which is enough to clearly outperform the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in this exercise.

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Module téléobjectif

second photo module allows to realize a "3x zoom". In practice, we find here a sensor of 8 megapixels and an 81 mm equivalent optics, corresponding to the focal length of the wide-angle multiplied by 3. Surprisingly, the pictures are not in 8, but in 10 megapixels with this mode. A part of digital processing is therefore involved, in addition to the usual image processing. In broad daylight, the Mate 30 Pro's telephoto shots are correct, but lack a bit of precision. At least Huawei didn't press the sharpness too hard here either. On the other hand, the rendering is a bit cold.

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In low light, the Mate 30 Pro abandons its telephoto lens module in favor of a digital crop in the main module. The image quality drops drastically. The result is rarely famous with the zoom modules of smartphones.

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Wide-angle lens

We have dedicated an article to the ultra-wide-angle module of the Mate 30 Pro. To sum up, it is not the best daytime performer with only the right level of detail. On the other hand, it clearly beats the competition in low-light conditions.

Mode portrait, video and sensor frontal

portrait mode of the Mate 30 Pro is quite powerful. It manages to cut the subject out of its background correctly and generates a homogeneous background blur. Above all, it remains just as good in low-light conditions, which is not always the case with some competitors.

video behavior of the Mate 30 Pro is exemplary. Even in 4K at 60 fps, the video is smooth and the image quality is excellent. Huawei's mobile manages to offer very successful exposure transitions. The tracking of the focus is also of an excellent level. Video lovers will be served. In addition, there is a slow motion mode that can reach 7,680 fps in 720p. In this mode, you will have to prefer very bright environments, otherwise the quality will drop heavily.

Huawei has pushed the optimization to the front sensors. With 32 megapixels, the images captured are of excellent quality. The details are numerous and the exposure of faces is always successful. Backlight management is no problem for the Mate 30 Pro. Lovers of self-portraits will be very well served by this smartphone.

Autonomy

La Mate family from Huawei is known and recognized for its great endurance. The Mate 30 Pro carries on the tradition with its 4,500 mAh battery. On our SmartViser test protocol, the Chinese cell phone lasted for no less than 21 h 1 min. It was slightly behind a Xiaomi Mi Note 10, but ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Huawei P30 Pro. In practice, Huawei's smartphone will withstand 2 days of intensive use without shaking, which is particularly impressive given its top-notch performance.

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Avec its 40 W charger, it takes just 1 hour and 25 minutes to fully charge the Mate 30 Pro's battery.